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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.63 | 3041 ratings

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4 stars 4.5 stars, actually.

This is close to a thrill ride of a lifetime. I like almost everything there. If you want a prog blast, but haven't heard "Thick as a Brick" yet, than what are you waiting for? Get this album before it's sold out, download it illegally, smuggle out as many copies as you can, just get the album. Perchance, prog rock has never been so loud, melodic, memorable, rich in texture, fun, insane, and full of ideas. I have never heard Martin Barre rock out so convincingly on anything other than this album. I really like the sound of the flute, the timbre of Ian Anderson's voice, and the way Anderson puts that voice of his to use. John Evan makes some of the best licks of the whole catalog of progressive rock music on the Hammond organ. Barriemore Barlow aptly backs up the band and presents some of his powerhouse drumming action on the first half of the album's second part. Don't miss the guy freaking out with Evan on their instruments in that time-range.

So, why is this a 4.5-star record? Well, I am personally not pleased with the second half of part two, where it is mostly repetition of a set of not-so-exciting musical ideas. I hope it will turn out to be different in your case. Plus, this album for some reason doesn't call me back to it even when "Close to the Edge" is still so popular with me. Maybe there isn't enough insanity? Other than that, the record is just an instant classic. Every prog listener should have this in his/her collection. This is nothing but nearly an entrance to Prog Rock Paradise.

Ratings/comments (if you have to ask):

1. 'Thick as a Brick, pt. 1' - *****

2. 'Thick as a Brick, pt. 2' - ****

Stamp: "I like it" (not "Highly recommended" since I wouldn't recommend it as a suitable introduction to prog rock for anyone in the mainstream-music-buying horde.)

Dayvenkirq | 4/5 |


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